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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's boasts, blasts and promises at rally

Jun. 19, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted with abandon in launching his 2020 re-election campaign, overreached in excoriating his critics and promised progress on his border wall and health care that is improbable at best. In those respects, his latest campaign rally was much like any other by the...

France plans to change jobless benefits, unions to protest

Jun. 18, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government has unveiled plans to make it more difficult for the unemployed to claim benefits, as part of an overhaul of France's labor market that aims to boost the nation's economy. Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud said Tuesday that the changes were "tough,...

Oregon Democrats rally behind cap-and-trade emissions plan

Jun. 17, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. The House approved the plan 36-24 Monday after nearly six hours of debate, with supporters...

Businesses, watching economy, play it safe with hiring

Jun. 17, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners, their eye on the economy, are playing it even safer when it comes to hiring. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce-MetLife survey released last week found that 28% of small businesses plan to increase their staffs in the next year, down slightly from 29% in the first quarter....

Fed likely to leave rates alone but signal readiness to cut

Jun. 17, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell has tantalized the financial world with the prospect that the Federal Reserve he leads may soon cut interest rates for the first time in over a decade. Probably not quite yet, though. When the Fed issues a policy statement Wednesday and Powell holds a news conference, the...

Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

Jun. 15, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and...

USDA plan to move offices sparks concerns about research

Jun. 13, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it will relocate two research agencies' headquarters to the Kansas City area, delighting Kansas and Missouri officials but intensifying critics' fears that research will suffer and be less accessible to federal policymakers....

Greek unemployment, highest in EU, dips in early 2019

Jun. 13, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek national statistics show that unemployment, long the highest in the European Union, fell in the first quarter when compared to last year, but still afflicts around one in five Greeks. The country's statistical authority said Thursday that the unemployment rate was 19.2% in the...

Some rural states double down on attracting new residents

Jun. 12, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — With jobs unfilled and young people moving away, some rural states are doubling down on efforts to attract new blood by expanding programs that offer incentives to live there. Over the past decade, states including South Dakota, Maine and Vermont have lured new residents with...

France pledges to reform economy, boost competitiveness

Jun. 12, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister said Wednesday that the government of President Emmanuel Macron plans to keep reforming the economy to boost its competitiveness, with changes to unemployment benefits and the pension system and plans to help out middle-class workers with tax cuts. Addressing the lower...